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Bowman highlights card at Carver Rec

March 28th, 2014 8:39 pm by Trey Williams

Bowman highlights card at Carver Rec

Four Johnson City Athletic Club boxers who won East Tennessee Golden Gloves championships last weekend in Knoxville are scheduled on the Spring Fling card tonight at Carver Rec.

One of the top matchups figures to be 12-year-old Malik Bowman and Ahtallah Hassan, who trains in Nashville with the accomplished Donnie Broadway.

Bowman (12-3), a reigning state Silver Gloves champion, won a Golden Gloves title last weekend at Ace Miller Arena.

“Malik’s been doing real well,” JCAC coach Scott Vance said. “He got the best conditioned boxer of the tournament at the East Tennessee Golden Gloves and he’s starting to learn the science of the game. He’s learning … and he’s looking very good right now. 

“He’s got a great jab and he loves to use the shoulder roll. He’s just a really good, sound boxer.”

Vance said Hassan is probably the premier boxer of the four Broadway is bringing to Johnson City this weekend.

“He’s a pretty good little fighter, a real good boxer,” Vance said. “He comes to fight and he’s a real, good inside kid. And of course, he’s got a great coach in Donnie Broadway. 

“Donnie’s had, like, 15 national Golden Gloves champions. He had Loren Ross, who was a silver medalist in the world championships. I think he won the USA Boxing Championships four years in a row.”

Other JCAC boxers on the card tonight that won East Tennessee Golden Gloves titles are Gabe Nickles, Alex Hardin and Nolan Peck. Nickles and Hardin are each 12. 

The 11-year-old Peck (14-8), another reigning state Silver Gloves champ, will take on Chattanooga’s Sencere Hayes. Peck has lost to Hayes three times.

“They’ve all been close fights, but he’s always had a little nod on Nolan,” Vance said. “Nolan works hard … and he has real good mechanics. It should be a good bout.”

Other JCAC boxers scheduled tonight are 16-year-old Jac Robbins, 9-year-old Jose Ramirez and heavyweight Ronnie Curtis. The JCAC’s Dakota Smith, an 18-year-old East Tennessee State freshman from Chattanooga who won an East Tennessee Golden Gloves championship last week, had an opponent cancel a bout scheduled for tonight. Smith’s title fight in Knoxville was selected as the best bout.

Vance said boxers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky are on the Spring Fling card.

One of the more anticipated bouts is the third fight of the night – a 152-pound Open Division matchup between Josh Sharp (Knoxville) and Jesse Hopkins (Roanoke).

Johnson City’s 22-year-old Amber Osborne (1-0), of the Ludus MMA gym, will take on Katherine Graiffer (Knoxville).

Bouts begin at 6 p.m.

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